Wilmington Morning News - June 24, 1980

Two Phils close in on records


PHILADELPHIA – The magic number is five for both Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton as they zero in on a couple of Phillies records.


Schmidt needs that many home runs to surpass Del Ennis' club record of 259. Mike has 20 homers this season, 13 at Veterans Stadium where the Phillies begin a seven-game home stand tonight against the first-place Montreal Expos.


In six meetings this season, the teams are 3-3 with Schmidt hitting two homers.


Carlton, who'll face the New York Mets Friday night in his next start, needs just five more strikeouts to become the No. 1 strikeout artist in Phillies history. Robin Roberts ' holds the club record with 1,871.


The Phillies and Expos arrived in the wee hours Monday following West Coast trips. Philadelphia won four of seven; Montreal three of seven.


The Expos, on the strength of a 15-7 June, have taken over the lead in the National League East with the Phillies trailing by just one-and-a-half games.


EXTRA POINTS – Expos are still without Larry Parrish and Ellis Valentine, both sidelined after being hit by pitches. Parrish has a bad left wrist. Valentine is recuperating from a broken left cheekbone... Next nine games for Montreal are six with the Phillies and three with Pittsburgh... Ron LeFlore, Rodney Scott and Andre Dawson have stolen 74 bases in 87 attempts. Scott was caught for the first time last week by Milt May of the Giants after 19 straight steals... Both the Phils and Expos have played well at home. Phillies are 21-12, Montreal 23-11... Phillies had only one home run on the West Coast swing, that by Bake McBride, who's collected eight RBI on 10 hits off Montreal pitching this season... The Phillies are hitting .284 at home with 36 home runs; just .250 on the road... Warren Cromartie was on fire on the Expos' road trip, hitting in all seven games, 14-for-28-, .500... Pitching matchups for the series: tonight, Dave Palmer vs. Dickie Noles; tomorrow night, Bill Gullickson vs. Bob Walk and Thursday night, Scott Sanderson vs. Randy Lerch... Last day for All-Star voting is Wednesday... First twi-nighter of season is Saturday against the Mets with a Sunday night game and post-game Independence Day fireworks show ending the home stand.

Lopes leads All-star voting


NEW YORK (AP) – Second baseman Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers emerged as the leading vote-getter among National League players in the fan voting for the Ail-Star Game, the Baseball Commissioner's Office announced yesterday.


With 1,397,518 votes, Lopes widened his lead at second base over Pittsburgh Phil Garner, who collected 498,166.


Lopes' teammate, Steve Garvey, continued to lead at first base with 1,054,075 votes, to 678,265 for Philadelphia's Pete Rose. Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt was the leading third baseman with 1,168,917 votes, while Los Angeles' Ron Cey was second with 823,761.


Garry Templeton of St. Louis led all shortstops with 813,011 votes, ahead of Philadelphia's Larry Bowa, who had 665,283. Another St. Louis star, Ted Simmons, led the catchers with 905,118 votes, while Cincinnati's Johnny Bench had 752,208.


The slugging trio of Pittsburgh's Dave Parker, Philadelphia's Greg Luzinski, and Chicago's Dave Kingman led in the race for the three starting outfield positions. Parker had 1,137,410 votes, Luzinksi 846,766, and Kingman 736,988.


The voting will end tomorrow. The All-Star Game will be played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 8.

Sports briefs (excerpt)


Compiled from dispatches


Carlton, Clark tops


Pitcher Steve Carlton of the Phillies and outfielder Jack Clark of San Francisco were named co-Players of the Week by the National League.


Clark collected 14 hits in 26 at bats over the past week for a .538 average. He scored 10 runs, drove in four, had two homers and three game-winning RBI. He raised his season's average to .303 as the Giants won five of seven games during the week.


Carlton won both of his starts during the, week to increase his major-league lead to 13 victories. The Phillies' left-hander increased his strikeout total to 135, another major-league high.